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  1. Birmingham City: Out of the Frying Pan...

    Hey, this is my first story in a few years. Been wanting to do one for ages but just couldn't get into a save properly.

    I will be taking over as Birmingham City boss, using a custom database that plunges the club into ?400m+ of debt. I don't know whether Carson Yeung will sell the club, whether anyone will want to buy us, or if administration will make my job harder.

    Next update: Clark Walks.

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    Birmingham: Clark Walks!

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    Birmingham's pre-season has been thrown into complete disarray following
    the departure of manager Lee Clark and his backroom staff.


    Clark is believed to have been frustrated by owner Carson Yeung's financial mismanag-
    ement, which has thrust the Championship outfit dangerously close to administration.
    With the club's coffers entirely empty, and Yeung possibly facing jail time, it is unknown
    who- if anyone- the club can afford to bring in to oversee their upcoming Championship
    campaign.

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    Birmingham City Appoint Youth Man!
    14th June 2013

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    Birmingham have wasted no time replacing Lee Clark,
    with director Michael Wiseman confirming the arrival
    of former freelance youth coach Mikey Hindle as mana-
    ger on a one year deal.

    Hindle, 21, has worked with many of the country's top
    managers, including David Moyes and Jose Mourinho. He is
    also cheap- a must for the club according to Wiseman.

    "He impressed us with his knowledge of the Football League,
    it's players and coaches, and his achievements with some of
    the world's best youth players." explained Wiseman.

    Hindle seemed calm and collected as he told the media of his
    desire to keep the club afloat without sacrificing it's players or
    Championship status.

    "We are not in administration here, and we don't need to sell
    the first-team at reduced value despite the dire state of things.
    We're not in a position to buy anyone currently, but if we need
    to shore things up anywhere then my contacts should be adequate
    to succeed in the loan market."

    Hindle is joined by close friends Ian McLeod (assistant), John Paul
    Parry (HoYD) and Geoff Massey (Head Scout).

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    Two Out, One In for Blues.
    1st August 2013

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    Birmingham have confirmed the departure
    of skipper Paul Robinson and hot prospect
    Koby Arthur, along with the arrival of Man
    Utd winger Jesse Lingard on loan for three
    months.

    Robinson, 34, has joined Huddersfield for an un-
    disclosed fee- believed to be just over six figures-
    while Arthur, just 17, has joined Everton for around
    ?1m.

    "We didn't want to sell either, but offers above the
    market value don't come along often enough for
    a club in our position for us to be too stubborn."
    manager Mikey Hindle told Sky Sports.

    The blow of losing the duo was softened slightly
    by the arrival of young winger Lingard, 20, whom
    has worked with Hindle before.

    "He was doing some work for the FA and I spent
    some time with him, along with some other English
    youngsters. I got on well with him and I think he'll
    achieve something here- I'd love to be a part of that."
    Lingard said upon arriving in Birmingham.

    The club are rumoured to in talks with eccentric,
    Canada-based millionaire Eddie Mitchell, who is
    looking to buy a football club in England following
    early retirement from the pharmaceutical business.


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  5. As a Birmingham fan I shall be taking huge interest in this story, keep it up!
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    Match Day Live:
    Brighton 3
    Birmingham 3

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    Text Update Filter: Key Moments

    16:22 Will Buckley has the ball in the net
    following Lopez's mishit, but the linesman
    has his flag raised.

    28:47 GOAL! Following some good build up
    play by the Blues, Chris Burke heads it in
    from Lee Novak's cross.


    43:50 GOAL! It's 2-0 just before half-time
    as Peter Lovenkrands' corner is nodded in
    by centre-back Dan Burn.


    49:12 SAVE! Darren Randolph is the hero
    for Birmingham; producing a wonderful
    save to deny the tenacious Leonardo Ulloa.

    51:45 GOAL! Just minutes after being denied,
    Ulloa scores from a tight angle after a great
    run by Lopez.


    59:35 GOAL! 3-1 to the Blues, thanks to some
    poor keeping and alert attacking. Tomasz
    Kuszczak underhit his clearence from the edge
    of the area and Nikola Zigic did well to score
    from 40 yards.


    60:31 GOAL! 3-2! Harry Kane is on hand to tap
    the ball in from six yards after Randolph could
    only parry Ulloa's curling effort.


    66:05 GOAL! 3-3! Unbelievable stuff, Ulloa on
    hand to tap in this time from a great cross by
    Lopez. What a game!


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  7. Quote Originally Posted by MJBLUENOSE View Post
    As a Birmingham fan I shall be taking huge interest in this story, keep it up!
    Good to hear. It's gonna be tough, unless that takeover comes through. I'm surprised we haven't already been deducted 10 points.
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    Birmingham on the Brink, Takeover Collapses.
    9th August 2013

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    Birmingham City may enter administration after
    the proposed takeover by Eddie Mitchell fell apart.

    Director Michael Wiseman confirmed via Twitter
    this morning that the takeover talks had ceased
    with no agreement made, meaning unreliable
    owner Carson Yeung remains in charge.

    Manager Mikey Hindle vowed to continue doing
    his job despite the distraction.

    "Obviously it's resting heavily on us all, the threat
    of administration. But we've got to push on, get
    as many points as we can, and just hope that some-
    thing can be arranged to see the club remains past
    the season."

    "I'll continue my job, and I know the players will
    continue theirs."

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    Birmingham Docked Points.
    13th August 2013

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    Birmingham City will enter a crucial
    second half of August with a 10 point
    deduction after slipping into adminis-
    tration.

    The cash-strapped side will now have to sell
    players or be successfully taken over to
    stay above water.

    "The takeover failure earlier in the month
    left us with no other option, and we as a
    board are genuinely and wholeheartedly
    sorry. We apologise to every fan, player
    and member of staff at this club." said
    director Michael Wiseman.

    Manager Mikey Hindle attempted to remain
    upbeat.

    "Two solid performances in the Championship
    mean this deduction doesn't look as scary as it
    could- and although we're bottom now, it
    will only some more good grafting to get us
    where we need to be."

    There is no current news on any interested
    takeover parties.

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    Birmingham: August in Review.
    1st September 2013
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    It's been an odd month for the Blues; with
    everything going so well on it, yet falling apart
    off it.


    Working with a skeleton staff, unhappy players
    and administration, Birmingham have amassed an
    impressive five wins and a draw to keep fans
    hopeful despite the financial strife.

    Brighton 3:3 Birmingham
    Burke
    Burn
    Zigic



    It all started with this action packed draw, which
    showed Blues fans that they could hold their own
    in the Championship despite not having a proper
    pre-season or any money to spend.


    Birmingham 5:3 Bristol Rovers
    Novak
    Smith OG
    Lingard
    Mullins


    Alarming defensive apathy aside, and a crucial
    first win- at home no less- for Mikey Hindle. A
    solid performance from the midfield up and
    five goals for the fans to enjoy.

    Birmingham 4:2 Burnley
    Mullins
    Novak
    Burke
    Lingard


    More defensive ineptitude completely forgotten
    beneath another blitz of attacking mastery. Burnley
    actually lead one-nil at half-time but Chris Burke
    went on record to say Hindle's half-time talk made
    all the difference.


    Leicester 2:3 Birmingham
    Burke 2
    Spector


    Birmingham continued to score goal after goal in
    yet another thriller. Leicester were, in truth, lucky
    to score two goals but their was very little luck
    involved in a match that Chris Burke shone in.
    Whispers of a move to a Premiership team will
    not die as long as he continues to shine.


    Birmingham 3:2 Watford
    Bartley
    Zigic
    O'Nien OG

    Bartley S/off

    What made this win for Birmingham- which took them
    to 0 points in the table- is that they managed for nearly
    half an hour with 10 men, following Kyle Bartley's horror
    tackle. He'd done well up until that moment, even scoring
    the opener as Birmingham made it three Championship
    wins in a row.


    Birmingham 2:0 Bristol City
    Green
    Hales


    After dumping out Rovers in the last round, Bristol City
    were the next team to face the wrath of Birmingham. This
    was the soundest defensive performance of the season, with
    second choice keeper Colin Doyle making several smart saves.
    Teenage striker Reece Hales proved he was one for the future
    with a calm finish in the second half to secure the victory.

    Birmingham 0:1 Millwall

    The only blip in an otherwise solid month, the Blues fell asleep
    once in 90 minutes and had to pay the price. Some positives
    will have been taken despite the result keeping them bottom.


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    Hindle: A Positive Start.
    3rd September 2013

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    Birmingham boss Mikey Hindle told
    Sky Sports how he's feeling after
    his first month in charge, and gets
    his opinion on the drama happening
    off the field at St. Andrew's.

    "Obviously I wasn't expecting us to
    be bottom. None of us were preparing
    for a point deduction because we were
    expecting the takeover to happen."

    "That was careless, we saw it as a done
    deal and in football there are so few done
    deals. I think it gave us a reality shock that
    thankfully didn't knock us off our stride."

    Hindle, who came third in the Manager of
    the Month, has settled well into life as a
    professional football manager after three
    years as the youngest freelance youth
    coach in the country.

    "It's different, but I think I've managed
    to juxtapose the basics from one to anot-
    her quite well. Youth coaching, at the level
    I was at, teaches you to build a good squad
    for very little money."

    But how does Hindle feel about the Carson
    Yeung saga?

    "Well I found out this morning that he now
    can't sack me... so... I don't know how to put
    it."

    "He gave me a job. I'll always be grateful for
    that. But whether I was wise to believe him
    or not; he lied. He told me the takeover was
    a glass of champagne away from completion."

    Did he consider walking away following it's
    collapse?

    "No. Not even for one second."



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    Big Zig Eyes Bosman Exit.
    13th September 2013

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    Nikola Zigic's agent has confirmed
    that, following an less than positive
    chat with manager Mikey Hindle the
    lanky hitman will be leaving on a
    Bosman.

    Zigic, 32, earns a whopping ?60k
    a week at St. Andrew's and despite
    being a popular figure, the striker's
    departure will surely please fans
    from a financial point of view.

    Manager Mikey Hindle believes
    Zigic is doing what is best for his
    family, and holds no grudge despite
    their fallout.

    "Words were exchanged. Things were
    said. In the cold light of day I think
    we'll both feel regret. The bottom line is;
    Nik wants to leave."

    "Even were we in a position to try and
    stop him, I'd baulk at ?60k in this league."

    With the club having only two other out
    and out strikers in the squad- Lee Novak
    and teenager Reece Hales- Zigic should
    still be first-choice for the right forward
    position.

    In other news, Blues fans will be fuming
    following the news that Charlton's take-
    over is proceeding well.

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    Birmingham: September in Review.
    1st October 2013

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    Blackburn 1:2 Birmingham (Championship)
    Lingard
    Zigic


    A great start to the month, with wantaway
    striker Nikola Zigic showing off his talents
    to potential suitors and Jesse Lingard
    shining after replacing Peter Lovenkrands
    in the first half. Early indications suggest
    Lovenkrands will miss at least this month.

    Sheff Wed 0:4 Birmingham
    (Championship)
    Burke
    Burn
    Zigic 2

    There was certainly no conflict of interests,
    as Sheffield born manager Mikey Hindle
    watched his team run riot over the club
    who have now replaced them at the foot
    of the table. Zigic shone once more, with
    early season star Chris Burke once again
    chipping in.

    Birmingham 0:0 Reading
    (Championship)
    A second clean sheet in a row went some
    way to making up for the two dropped points
    in a match that the Blues dominated. Lee
    Novak, Jesse Lingard and Wade Elliot all had
    efforts on goal but none could claim the winner
    for the Birmingham, despite this they are now
    out of the relegation zone.

    Huddersfield 4:2 Birmingham
    (Capital One Cup)
    Lingard
    Green

    Despite racing into an early two-goal lead,
    Birmingham exited the League Cup in slightly
    embarrassing fashion. Three goals in fifteen
    second half minutes condemned the Blues
    to only their second loss of the season, and
    ended the hope of a decent run in the comp-
    etition easing their financial woe.

    QPR 1:0 Birmingham
    (Championship)

    Consecutive defeats will certainly make for
    bleak reading, but with only the three in nine
    games; it isn't as bad as it looks. Frustratingly
    for Darren Randolph, who's had mayonnaise on
    his gloves for most of the season so far, his
    best game of late somehow ended without a
    clean sheet or a point.


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  14. As a Bluenose I will definitely be following....looking forward to the next update

  15. Quote Originally Posted by Dean Wilkes View Post
    As a Bluenose I will definitely be following....looking forward to the next update
    Cheers, it's gonna be a very positive update by the look of things!

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    Lingard Oath as Blues Leave Administration.
    13th October 2013

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    Birmingham City have confirmed they are no
    longer in administration, meaning they can
    finally plan properly for surviving in the
    Championship.

    Director Michael Wiseman, who has become the
    main voice of the Blues' board this season, told
    Sky Sports that it had been tough raising the
    funds needed to pay the PFA what was owed,
    and stressed that they were still heavily under
    the required FFP total.

    There was more good news to come, however,
    as manager Mikey Hindle used his new powers
    in the transfer market to arrange an extension
    on Jesse Lingard's loan deal. The winger said
    he was delighted to continue.

    "I've grown very attached to this club, in my
    short time here. I really feel like we can achieve
    something despite the problems, I felt that when
    I arrived and I still feel it now."

    Hindle was equally as positive as Lingard.

    "Jes has been an absolute revelation for us,
    and the fans completely adore him. I asked him
    if he felt he'd rather find a club more stable and
    he said no. If he has one defining quality, above
    all the others, it's that he's so determined to
    finish what he starts."

    No further news has come from the Blues, but
    rumours of a new takeover plan are taking over
    the fan forums.


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    Hindle on Alert as Kean Leaves Rovers.
    19th October 2013

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    Birmingham boss Mikey Hindle has
    confirmed that he has met with keeper
    Jake Kean, following the player's bitter
    exit from Lancashire club Blackburn.

    Kean, 22, was unhappy at being usurped
    by veteran Paul Robinson and following
    a training ground bust up with boss Gary
    Bowyer asked for his contract to be
    terminated.

    Hindle had originally not wanted to make
    any signings, with the club financially
    withered, but admitted the prospect of
    signing Kean sans a transfer fee was too
    tempting to pass on.

    "Any manager in this league would do
    the same. Jake is an amazing player,
    and it's no secret that I'd wanted a
    keeper to come in before the money
    disappeared."

    "Funnily enough, it was Jake we were
    looking at, but obviously at the time
    we expected to have to swap a player
    and maybe even pay some money for
    him."

    In other club news, Hindle confirmed
    the arrival of Jon Cooke (Head Physio),
    Louise Fawcett (Physio), Nigel Spink
    (GK Coach), Jonathan Dalzell (Fitness
    Coach) and Billy Stewart (coach) to the
    club.


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    Consortium to Banish the Blues.
    24th October 2013

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    Birmingham are subject to a takeover
    bid, possibly lead by former player Geoff
    Horsfield, according to Sky Sports sources.

    The consortium, which held meetings with both
    Carson Yeung and Michael Wiseman last week,
    is believed to be backed by several very influential
    entrepreneurs.

    Neither Yeung nor Wiseman has been available
    to comment, and manager Mikey Hindle was
    keen to leave the backroom stuff firmly in the
    hands of those within it.

    "I only care about getting as many points as we
    possibly can. I've heard all the same rumours as
    you have, but although me and Michael get on
    very well, he'll be under orders from Carson not
    to tell anybody anything."

    "We could have new owners by Christmas, but
    that isn't really a priority to me. In my eyes, we
    could easily be in the top half of the table by
    then and that is what I'm concerned with."

    Hindle declined to comment on whether any
    agreement had been sorted between the club
    and former Blackburn keeper Jake Kean.



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    Birmingham: October in Review.
    1st November 2013

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    A great month for Birmingham, both off and on
    the field, saw them break even and break into
    the top half of the table.

    With the finances stabilised and the goals flying
    in from all angles, it's certainly been a morale
    boosting time at St. Andrew's.


    Birmingham 3:1 Bournemouth (Championship)
    Zigic 2
    Elphick OG


    A great way to start the month, bouncing back
    perfectly from the defeat to QPR with an organ-
    ised victory over Bournemouth. It was here that
    Nikola Zigic started off a month that must rank
    very highly in his entire career, the brace was
    a sign of things to come.

    Birmingham 4:0 Doncaster (Championship)
    Zigic 3
    Lingard


    Doncaster being reduced to ten men proved to
    be the turning point in a nervy affair. Despite
    the scoreline, this wasn't a hammering for the
    Yorkshire side- who were looking a pretty decent
    point before the red card ruined their day.

    Birmingham 2:2 Wigan (Championship)
    Zigic 2

    Wigan may be high in the table and playing well,
    but this truly was two dropped points for the
    blues. Two-nil up- again- before a collapse that
    is starting to look all too familiar. Darren Randolph
    ended the match as the subject of fan chants that
    were none too complimentary.

    Middlesbrough 1:4 Birmingham (Championship)
    Lingard
    Bartley
    Zigic
    Lovenkrands


    Jesse Lingard celebrated his loan extension with
    a performance worthy of the Premier League, while
    Nikola Zigic rounded off an amazing month with his
    EIGHTH goal in just four games. Unlike the luck that
    helped the Blues topple Doncaster, this was a perfect
    performance that will have delighted the away fans.


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    Blues Pair Nab Awards.
    2nd November 2013

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    Birmingham boss Mikey Hindle and striker
    Nikola Zigic patched have officially patched
    up their differences, after collecting the
    Manager and Player of the Month awards
    together.


    Hindle, 21, and Zigic, 33, both looked
    delighted as they took their awards and
    shook hands at the club's training ground.
    Hindle went on to tell the media gathering
    that the pair were now back on good terms.

    "He's a good guy, and I know what he said,
    as with what I said, was all done in the heat
    of a pretty bad moment for both of us. We
    swapped apologies the other day and now
    we can concentrate on making his last months
    as a Blue as productive as possible."

    Zigic is top scorer, both for the club and in the
    Championship overall, with 13 goals in 16 games
    this season.

    Meanwhile, former Blues striker Geoff Horsfield
    has seemingly been ruled out the group planning
    to take over the club, after signing up as manager
    of the youth team.



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    Hindle Signs New Birmingham Deal.
    10th November 2013

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    Mikey Hindle has put pen to paper on a
    new deal that will see him in the Birmingham
    hotseat until 2015.


    The popular young manager, who's seen instant
    success in his first professional managing role,
    signed the new deal with Managing Director
    Peter Pannu and current day-to-day handler
    Michael Wiseman present.

    "We felt as a board that Hindle had to be
    rewarded for his achievement here. We
    are in the playoffs, and this cannot be
    understated." Pannu told Sky Sports.

    Hindle was, as ever, in a positive mood
    as he met journalists following the signing.

    "It came out of nowhere, I just got a call from
    Michael saying Peter wanted to meet to discuss
    a new contract. I agreed right there and then;
    Birmingham is where I want to be."

    "It's early days, but it's going so well that I can't
    really see myself anywhere else. Now I know that
    barring disaster, I'm going to be here next season."

    Premiership bottom club West Ham were reported-
    ly eyeing up Hindle as the man to replace under
    fire Sam Allardyce, who is expected to be sacked
    before the end of the month.

    After fifteen games, Birmingham sit in sixth place,
    with twenty-three points. Had they not entered
    administration and been deducted ten points, the
    Blues would be top on goal difference.


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  22. Any chance can post a screenshot of the league table??

  23. Quote Originally Posted by Dean Wilkes View Post
    Any chance can post a screenshot of the league table??
    Yeah, sure.

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    One game left in November, and we're just outside the playoffs. Can't have too many complaints.

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    Blues Back Under Embargo.
    24th November 2013

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    Birmingham City have once again been placed
    under a transfer embargo; although this time
    it may be a positive sign.


    The embargo has been put in place by Blues
    Managing Director Peter Pannu, and the rumour
    is that pretty soon the club may have new
    owners. Pannu is currently in London with
    his legal team, reportedly ironing out the last
    few details of the takeover.

    Little is known about the consortium, which
    was originally believed to have been spear-
    headed by Geoff Horsfield, other than it is
    well funded and has at least some link to
    the city of Birmingham.

    One fan is quoted as saying; "I'm not sure
    whether to believe it. Last Time we got
    stung by this kind of thing. I'll celebrate
    when the money is secure."

    We'll be following this story as it develops...



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    That Can't Be Roy-ght.
    30th November 2013

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    Birmingham's takeover saga took a
    bizarre twist after Peter Pannu was
    spotted having lunch in a London
    restaurant with former Man Utd man
    Roy Keane.


    The former midfielder, who also had a spell
    as a manager, is now odds on favourite to be
    installed as new Blues chairman. Fans are
    understandably shocked at this latest news, but
    most seem to supporting the idea with the
    knowledge that Keane has invested his career
    earnings well so far.

    Manager Mikey Hindle, who was seen shaking
    hands with Keane after his side played Barnsley,
    maintained his philosophy of focusing solely on
    the football.

    "He came to watch the match, that's all I know.
    He left a message asking whether he could see
    me after the match and the only things said
    were entirely football related."

    "He wanted to congratulate me on my good
    start here. As far as I'm aware that was
    reason for coming to the match."

    Hindle also confirmed that the club had missed
    out on getting Jake Kean in time for the
    free transfer deadline, but was confident of
    a deal being done in January.



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    Birmingham: November in Review.
    1st December 2013

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    With rumours of a takeover finally being
    completed, November's results may
    have been a little bit lost under
    the flurry of activity at the club.


    Yeovil 2:3 Birmingham (Championship)
    Zigic
    Burn
    Lovenkrands


    A game filled with drama, and high emotion
    at both ends of the spectrum. Three very
    well worked goals from the blues was
    almost undone by some truly insane keeping
    from underachiever Darren Randolph- who
    was dropped following this game despite the
    final score.

    Birmingham 3:0 Leeds (Championship)
    Lingard
    Burke
    Burn


    Colin Doyle was the star of an awe inspiring
    performance from the Blues. The keeper was
    considered by most pundits to be a pretty
    big gamble, but several key saves at nil-nil
    saw the gamble pay off.

    Bolton 2:1 Birmingham (Championship)
    Adeyemi


    For the first time this season; Birmingham
    coupled a loss with a good overall perform-
    ance. Niggling injuries saw several key
    players miss the game, and were only really
    undone by the attacking genius of Craig
    Davies.

    Barsley 1:2 Birmingham (Championship)
    Zigic
    Lingard


    Same level of commitment as the last game,
    yet a reversal in the score. Zigic is now at
    15 league goals for the season (a personal
    best for him) and the Blues end the month
    in a playoff place.


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    Hindle on Moyes Sacking.
    14th December 2013

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    Birmingham boss Mikey Hindle tonight admitted
    that David Moyes' sacking could impact on his
    side, and that he was hoping he'd survive the
    season for mostly selfish reasons.


    "We don't get on." Hindle stated. "We worked
    together several times in three years at Everton.
    I helped with their youth development. There was
    a respect there, from a professional point of view."

    "I think that's why we were able to deal with
    each other without incident. I got Jesse Lingard
    pretty much without strings because of that
    working relationship that worked pretty well."

    Hindle isn't sure how the sacking will affect
    Jesse Lingard.

    "He's with us until the end of January, after
    that? Not sure, his loan deal has a recall
    clause so I'm sure a new boss who liked
    him would take him back in a heartbeat."

    Hindle has laughed off any speculation of
    him taking the Old Trafford hot seat.

    "It's not going to happen; they don't want
    me and I don't want to go. Simple. I'm doing
    a job here and United need to go with a
    more experienced head I think."

    There is still no news on the proposed
    takeover of the Blues, with the January transfer
    window looming.



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    Second Blues Takeover Collapses.
    23rd December 2013

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    Birmingham City may not have an entirely
    merry Christmas, following the breakdown
    of a second takeover attempt this season.


    Peter Pannu confirmed that the current
    board had received "no evidence" that
    the consortium had the funds to buy the
    Championship team.

    It is uncertain what this will mean for the
    club's finances, with the last failed bid
    becoming the final nail on the Blues'
    administration coffin. Pannu denies that
    this will be the case this time round.

    "We are stronger now, than we were back
    then. This is frustrating for us all, but not
    as scary as the first pulled bid."

    Manager Mikey Hindle didn't seem too
    saddened by the news of yet another
    financial set back.

    "I think we've all learnt a lesson from
    the last time. My focus has to be on
    our season, and I feel I can achieve
    what is asked of me with the team I
    have, and any free agent or loan player
    who forces me to make a move."

    "It would have to be an amazing player.
    We're still following Jake Kean, who would
    prefer the Midlands to moving down south,
    and he is the kind of player that would
    make me think twice. I still have hope we
    can do a deal with him."




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    Birmingham: December in Review.
    1st January 2013

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    A mixed bag of results, off field stresses and
    rumoured player exits dominated December,
    as Birmingham City failed to end the year on
    high.

    Birmingham 0:2 Charlton (Championship)


    The worst possible start to the month, and
    an abject performance from the players who
    had carried Birmingham up into the playoffs.

    Birmingham 4:1 Derby (Championship)
    Mullins
    Adeyemi
    Novak
    Zigic


    Injury ravaged Derby will certainly want
    to forget their trip to St. Andrew's. The
    Blues exploited every weakness, every
    absence, and got another crucial win
    to get morale back up.

    Huddersfield 5:1 Birmingham
    Lingard


    Birmingham suffered a second hammering
    of the season at this ground, and with
    the only positive being another fine goal
    from Jesse Lingard, everyone at the club
    will want to forget about this display.

    Birmingham 3:1 Ipswich
    Burke
    Zigic
    Mullins


    Another good way to bounce back from
    a loss, and Birmingham's yo-yo in and out
    of the playoff places continued at St.
    Andrew's.

    Blackpool 2:3 Birmingham (Championship)
    Eardley
    Mullins
    Zigic


    A bizarre game for a few reasons, as
    Neal Eardley elected to take a penalty
    against his former side, skipper Hayden
    Mullins got a fourth goal for the month
    and Nikola Zigic scored with a sliding
    tackle.

    Birmingham 0:1 Nottm Forest (Championship)

    A sour end to the year, but a deserved three
    points for Forest. Whether he likes it or not;
    Mikey Hindle has to strengthen in January if
    he wants these wasteful losses to stop every
    time a first team regular is injured or suspended.




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    Table at the halfway point, I can't grumble considering without the deduction we'd be top.

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    Top scorer and the player I feel is tied as our performer of the season so far. He's tied with...

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    Lingard! One of my best ever signings. Best thing is he now rates me as a favoured person, and if I can shift a player or two in January I'm going to try and sign him.

    Wish me luck!

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    Kean Joins the Blues.
    1st January 2014

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    Birmingham have finally completed the signing
    of talented goalkeeper Jake Kean on a free
    transfer.


    Kean, 22, mutually terminated his contract at
    Ewood following a humbling and very public
    dropping in favour of Paul Robinson, and despite
    earning his place back following Robinson's
    injury, Kean was not properly convinced of his
    future.

    "Jake felt very strongly about his treatment at
    Blackburn, that's all I know, but it means we
    got him for nothing and that makes the details
    quite irrelevant to me." boss Mikey Hindle said.

    Kean is expected to go straight into the side
    for their 2014 opener against Brighton, with
    Darren Randolph confirmed to be on the radar
    of several clubs.

    "There's interest. He's a skilled keeper, I still
    maintain that. I don't know if it's the money
    situation or my tactics that have made his
    season so dark so far. A new club might be
    just what he needs."

    Andrew Shinnie has joined Brighton for around
    ?900k, although he won't join in time to play
    against his former club.



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    Lingard Loan Made Permanent.
    5th January 2014

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    As Darren Randolph made his way down to
    London to join Millwall for around ?1.5m, the
    money (along with that made for Andrew
    Shinnie and that given to Hindle at the start
    of the month following a change in season
    expectations) was already being spent.


    Jesse Lingard has joined the club for a massive
    ?2.7m, having clearly been out of new United
    boss Andre Vilas-Boas' plans for the future.

    "I was unsure, but the offer was a very good
    one. It's not all about the money for me, but
    I had to be sure that moving here full time
    made sense from that point of view." Lingard
    said upon signing.

    "I've had such a good time here this season,
    and I think playing regularly here in a proper
    consistent team will help my career more in
    the long run than loans all over the country
    at United."

    Manager Mikey Hindle, who has a very good
    relationship with the young winger, was
    delighted to get his man, and praised his
    Manchester United counterpart for his part
    in the deal.

    "He runs the club so much differently to how
    Moyes ran it. No more taking bids 'under
    consideration' and a lot more actual, useful
    negotiating."

    "He was clearly willing to cash in on Jesse,
    and when Peter (Pannu) informed me I could
    spend the money made of player exits if need
    be, I made my mind up right there. Jesse will
    be a leading star for this club."

    Jonathan Spector is expected to be the next
    Blue to exit the club, after publicly admitting
    he wanted a move to Crystal Palace in the
    summer.



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    Duo on Radar as Unhappy Spec Exits.
    11th January 2014

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    Derby defender Mark O'Brien and Wolves winger
    Zeli Ismail have been earmarked as 'must-haves'
    for Birmingham boss Mikey Hindle following the
    sale of Jonathan Spector to Crystal Palace.


    Spector was unhappy at St. Andrew's, yet Ian
    Holloway still had to pay ?2.4m for his man.
    Hindle appears to have set his heart of prising
    away the two promising youngsters.

    "There's a bit of money from that sale, and
    two very good young players that may be
    available within that budget. Can a deal be
    done? I certainly hope so."

    Hindle also confirmed that a bid had been
    rejected for key man Chris Burke.

    "We've had an offer, so short of his actual
    value that at first I was unsure if it was a
    serious bid. I don't want to sell Chris and
    I'm certainly not going to offload him for
    peanuts."

    Darren Ambrose, who's not played in two
    months following his own demands to leave,
    is rumoured to be a target for several clubs.


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    Transfer Window Updates: Birmingham.
    14th January 2014.

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    Another busy day at St. Andrew's, which has
    seen two new signings, one new contract and
    possibly the shortest negotiation in Football
    League history.


    11:00: Mikhail Silvestre has been officially
    confirmed as a Birmingham player. He's
    been at the club for a couple of days now
    but boss Mikey Hindle hadn't wanted his
    signature to effect the Mark O'Brien deal.

    12:15: Promising defender Will Packwood
    has turned down a move back home to the
    States to sign a new contract at St. Andrew's.

    14:20: Derby, upon receiving a ?1.2m bid
    for Mark O'Brien, demanded ?11.75m plus
    several conditional fees. The Blues hung
    up the phone.

    16:00: Mark O'Brien may be staying put, but
    Zeli Ismail has arrived in Birmingham for a
    whopping ?2.5m. The general consensus is
    that Hindle overpayed, although he disagrees.

    RUMOURS:

    Darren Ambrose may join St. Johnstone
    before the close of business today, he
    certainly isn't wanted by the Blues; he
    hasn't played since admitting he'd like
    to leave.

    Wolves striker Jake Cassidy could follow
    Ismail to Birmingham; but only if Chris
    Burke
    AND Paul Caddis can be sold.

    Nikola Zigic has apparently agreed to
    hold crisis talks with Mikey Hindle, after
    his agent admitted the fallout had
    galvanised his entire season.



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    Hindle Praises 'Humbling' Loyalty.
    17th January 2014

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    Birmingham boss Mikey Hindle has admitted his
    shock following a double turnaround that saw
    key men Chris Burke and Nikola Zigic renew
    their commitment to the club.


    Zigic, who admitted his first impression of his
    manager was 'wide of the mark', has signed a
    new contract complete with a dizzying 55%
    wage-cut.

    "It ties him down until the end of next season,
    unbelievably. I never expected him to accept
    such a huge cut, but bonuses in other places
    are a small price to pay." Hindle told us.

    Burke was on hand to show his commitment in
    a wholly different way; rejecting a move to the
    more stable Middlesbrough to remain at St.
    Andrew's.

    "Chris wasn't keen on a move to begin with,
    but with Birmingham beginning to sort out
    contracts with their players he saw a real
    opportunity to remain right here." his agent
    Tim Andrews confirmed.

    Unlike Zigic, Burke is expected to be offered
    a slight wage increase, with his ?8k packet
    within the limits of Hindle's wage structure.



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    Cass: It Had to Be Blues.
    18th January 2014

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    New signing Jake Cassidy may have come a
    bit cheaper than expected, but the youngster
    is determined to justify the spending of every
    penny.


    Paul Caddis' late decision to join the League
    One outfit meant Cassidy arrives for a measly
    ?195k plus future incentives, and although
    this is considered to be a fraction of his actual
    value, he sees it as a reason to give everything
    to his new club.

    "It's still a lot of money, more than I'd expect
    to swap hands over the right to play me." the
    modest youngster said.

    "This club is building an enviable collection of
    young players, but the attraction for me was
    probably the opening that perhaps Zeli hasn't
    got."

    "He's up against players like Chris Burke and
    Matt Green on a weekly basis, with Jesse
    Lingard able to play on the right wing if need
    be."

    "Strikers aren't in abundance here, like at
    Wolves, and that means there's less pressure
    which tends to helps the younger players
    to thrive."

    Ismail's chances of breaking into the first
    team did improve a small amount with the
    sale of Darren Ambrose to St. Johnstone
    for around ?170k.



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    Birmingham: January in Review.
    1st December 2014

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    With all the goings on at the club this month
    it felt at times like it would never end, but
    now that it has Birmingham will surely feel that
    they could have done better.


    Birmingham 2:0 Brighton (Championship)
    Upson OG
    Novak


    A perfect start to the month, with new keeper
    Jake Kean settling in wonderfully and Lee Novak
    finally seeming to find some form.

    Birmingham 0:1 Bournemouth (FA Cup)

    A lacklustre performance that barely ever really
    started for the Blues, and falling at the first
    hurdle in this competition means, once again,
    no money run.

    Birmingham 4:2 Leicester (Championship)
    Burke
    Novak 3
    Bartley S/off

    Birmingham were one-nil up when Kyle Bartley
    picked up his second yellow, with around ten
    minutes of the first-half remaining. They rallied
    after the sending off and Lee Novak was the
    star of the show once again.

    Burnley 2:0 Birmingham (Championship)

    Mikey Hindle refused to criticise his team
    despite their two-nil defeat, claiming the
    performance was positive enough to take
    the edge off of a second loss for the month.

    Birmingham 5:4 Blackburn (Championship)
    Lingard 2
    Dann OG
    Lowe OG
    Novak


    Three goals in injury time gave Birmingham,
    drawing 3-3 with two minutes to go, all the
    points in a defensively bemusing display of
    football at St. Andrew's. Neither team seemed
    capable of clearing the ball or successfully
    tackling in their own half of the pitch after
    the restart, which is reflected by the tight
    2-0 scoreline at half-time. Very nearly yet
    another collapse for Birmingham.

    ALSO:

    Scouts Jacques Lichtenstein, Mogi Bayat and
    David Healy have joined the club, with assistant
    manager Ian McLeod expected to wrap up a
    new contract soon.

    Emmanuel Frimpong, transfer-listed at Arsenal,
    could make a ?110k move to St. Andrew's- if
    he can resist Nottingham Forest's money.




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    Frimpong Likes 'Next Gen Feel'.
    1st December 2014

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    Emmanuel Frimpong has revealed that he turned
    down Nottingham Forest for Birmingham because
    of Mikey Hindle's commitment to building a team
    for the next generation.


    Frimpong, 22, became the latest promising young
    player to move to St. Andrew's as Hindle plans
    for the future of the club. Frimpong was impressed
    by that vision.

    "Arsenal hold a similar practice for youth, and
    it gets said that you can't win anything with
    kids. Maybe you can't, but they won't be kids
    forever."

    Frimpong also believes Birmingham are poised to
    see him return immediately to the Premiership.

    "Four points off top with a game in hand is a
    great position after twenty-seven games. I'm
    not saying I'll be unhappy if we don't get back
    there, I just think it's in our hands."

    Blues fans are apparently happy with the arrival
    of the Ghana international, but are also fuming
    with the ?210k sale of David Murphy to promotion
    rivals Wigan, who sit top.

    "He turned down a new contract, and it was either
    accept that low bid or let him walk for nothing
    come June. I'd rather he payed for Manny on the
    way out." Hindle reasoned.


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  39. Great story mate! Your doing unbelievably well!

  40. Quote Originally Posted by banger93 View Post
    Great story mate! Your doing unbelievably well!
    Thanks! It's funny; I've never done this well in my first season with a club before, so it happens when I decide to do a story on here. The only problem I can foresee is us getting promoted, I just don't see us being able to compete with other Prem teams while
    the current board is here.

  41. Yeah I understand need a good takeover get a few players in to avoid relegation
    NeverChosenOne likes this.

  42. Great story & read mate and some fantastic signings...keep up the great work.

  43. Quote Originally Posted by Dean Wilkes View Post
    Great story & read mate and some fantastic signings...keep up the great work.
    The trick is to find players with the most flexible agents, because you can be there negotiating for ages without them ending talks. :-D

  44. Quote Originally Posted by NeverChosenOne View Post
    The trick is to find players with the most flexible agents, because you can be there negotiating for ages without them ending talks. :-D
    Good Shout, how did u manage to get that much to spend with the current owners?? Was it just purely through player sales? Which version u using?? (sorry for all questions just intrigued lol)

  45. Quote Originally Posted by Dean Wilkes View Post
    Good Shout, how did u manage to get that much to spend with the current owners?? Was it just purely through player sales? Which version u using?? (sorry for all questions just intrigued lol)
    No worries, I found it all a bit unbelievable myself. All but about ?100k was player sales, the rest was a change in season expectations. The version is 14.1.3 I think (not at home so can't check ATM.) I run Steam offline now due to separate issues with other games.

  46. Okay wicked, well good luck for rest of season, looking forward to the next update :-)

  47. Quote Originally Posted by Dean Wilkes View Post
    Okay wicked, well good luck for rest of season, looking forward to the next update :-)
    Cheers, hopefully it'll be another positive one.

  48. Not as positive as I'd hoped; after swapping my processor and graphics cards for beefier ones and integrating into a new shell the thing wouldn't load up!

    New Windows install and a HEAVILY scratched FM14 disc later, this story is on hiatus. I'll try my best to get it all back.

  49. So after hours of cleaning I managed to get FM installed again, however it tells me my save "can't be loaded".

    I dunno where I'll start now, but I'd like to do another story, though I'd understand if people were hesitant to read it.

  50. Do a story on Brentford

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